Isamu Noguchi

Born in Los Angeles, died in New York, 1904 - 1988

Isamu Noguchi in Machu Picchu, Peru, 1983 Photograph by Michio Noguchi
The Noguchi Museum Archives, 06974 ©INFGM / ARS - DACS
Isamu Noguchi in Machu Picchu, Peru, 1983 Photograph by Michio Noguchi The Noguchi Museum Archives, 06974 ©INFGM / ARS - DACS

Isamu Noguchi was one of the twentieth century’s most important and critically acclaimed sculptors. Through a lifetime of artistic experimentation, he created sculptures, gardens, furniture and lighting designs, ceramics, architecture, and set designs. His work, at once subtle and bold, traditional and modern, set a new standard for the reintegration of the arts.

Noguchi, an internationalist, traveled extensively throughout his life. (In his later years he maintained studios both in Japan and New York.) He discovered the impact of large-scale public works in Mexico, earthy ceramics and tranquil gardens in Japan, subtle ink-brush techniques in China, and the purity of marble in Italy. He incorporated all of these impressions into his work, which utilized a wide range of materials, including stainless steel, marble, cast iron, balsa wood, bronze, sheet aluminum, basalt, granite, and water.

Noguchi’s first retrospective in the United States was in 1968, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. In 1986, he represented the United States at the Venice Biennale. Noguchi received the Edward MacDowell Medal for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to the Arts in 1982; the Kyoto Prize in Arts in 1986; the National Medal of Arts in 1987; and the Order of the Sacred Treasure from the Japanese government in 1988.

Danh Vo, Park Seo-Bo, Isamu Noguchi
Danh Vo curates a project with Chiara Bertola at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, to set a dialogue among the Fondazione's labyrinthic architecture and the two artists Park Seo-Bo and Isamu Noguchi.
20 Apr 2022 - 27 Nov 2022
Querini Stampalia
The first European touring retrospective of the Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi in 20 years at London's Barbican Art Gallery.
30 Sep 2021 - 23 Jan 2022
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